Miami Vice: Party In The Magic City
Book VIP experience's with WeAreYourCity by Joanne Beckham at the best nightclubs in Miami, here are some of our favourites..
Celebrity appearances have become a mandatory part of the club experience and at this venue you're treated to special sightings of big names such as Chance the Rapper, Rihanna and just about any one of the Kardashians. Housed inside the Fontainebleau Hotel, it has a strict door policy that keeps its guests looking sharp. Having temporarily closed for a $10 million makeover, LIV V2.0 – with its new sound systems, specially commissioned street art, 400 digital LED panels and robotically controlled lighting chandelier – will be the city's hottest address come autumn.
Situated blocks away from the trendy Wynwood arts district, this is part gentlemen's club, part cabaret, part nightclub. LED video walls and futuristic lighting provide a modern backdrop to go-go dancers, aerialists and contortionists, as well as the biggest names in music, such as The Chainsmokers, Nicki Minaj and Diplo. It's open all day and night, seven days a week so start your party at the club's terrace restaurant in the afternoon sampling Italian cuisine with sundowners, before heading down to the club to party all night. Bottle service secures a table, and big spenders can book into a private room, complete with mirrored ceiling, TV and entertainment for a heftier price tag.
Friday nights at this chic SoBe spot offer a taste of the city's hip-hop heavyweights and Latin stars. It has evenings dedicated to these music styles and those who get past the rope can expect to rub shoulders with the kind of people you'll hear on the sound system – from Wiz Khalifa to Funkmaster Flex. Poppin' bottles can get costly quickly thanks to an extensive – and unsurprisingly expensive – dedicated Champagne menu.
The ropes of this Collins Avenue hotspot are seemingly impenetrable thanks to one of the strictest door policies in town, which ensures that all those who enter are successful, beautiful and dressed to the nines. However, once inside you'll find the discerning spot sheds its snooty exterior as the fun gets underway. Expect to spy celebrities and socialites among the stylish clientele on the main floor, where you're likely to hear DJs spinning dance and EDM, or dancing to hip-hop in the designated lounge.
Find this intimate boîte inside the chic W South Beach hotel. With a much smaller footprint than its sister venue Mynt, it attracts a stylish set seeking refuge from the megaclub masses. And while the lounge may be small, its larger-than-life parties have become legend. A palette of gold, fuchsia and black enhances the moody and opulent feel inside and, in the design style that's become synonymous with W, the club has spurned the typical 1980s-style mirror ball in favour of a Raimond light from Dutch studio Moooi.
After a slew of openings and an influx of celebrity EDM DJs, Miami's night owls started growing weary of superclubs, eventually eschewing lustrous, mirror-clad dancefloors for intimate lounge seating, bespoke cocktails and personalised service. Few of the flashy venues managed to stay open past their first season; at 2,500 square metres with five bars, 60 VIP booths and nightly live entertainment, Story makes the cut as a mega megaclub, but has managed to buck the trend. With a stream of celebrities that saunter past the rope night after night, top-notch live acts and aerial dancers, a spacious lounge area, contemporary design and premium bottle service, it's clear this venue has a winning formula to last in the Magic City.